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10-01-18 KUAC NEWSMINER EVENING UPDATE

Oct 2, 2018

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Free the People AK

A Fairbanks man whose property was sold by the North Star Borough for failing to pay his taxes, says he’ll legally fight to get his land back. Chris Ripple’s foreclosed on property was among dozens auctioned off by the borough last week, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, Ripple has documents he says exempt his land from property taxes.

10-01-18 9:30 AM newscast


09-28-18 KUAC NEWSMINER EVENING UPDATE

Oct 1, 2018

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PFAS contamination was the focus of a US Senate subcommittee hearing this week.  The session brought together government officials, and citizens from a growing number of communities, like Fairbanks and North Pole, where groundwater has been polluted by perfluorinated or PFAS chemicals from firefighting foams. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.


09-28-18 9:30 AM newscast


09-27-18 KUAC NEWSMINER EVENING UPDATE

Sep 28, 2018

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EAFB Regional Growth Plan

Sep 28, 2018

The Regional Growth Plan for expansion of Eielson Air Force Base is being released this week. As KUAC’s Robyne reports, it looks at the impact of a 50 percent population increase at the base when F-35 aircraft are stationed there.

Two F-35A Lightning II squadrons will be stationed at the base in the next four years by the year 2022, with the first arriving in 2020.

Borough Mayor Karl Kassel informed the Assembly last night that work has already started on the suggestions made by Agnew Beck Consulting. The project firm was hired to examine what happens when about four-thousand more people move into the area near the Air Base.

“We’re taking the growth plan very seriously and acting on it already.”

The analysis estimates 2,000 of those new residents will be under the age of 17, causing a severe shortage of space for elementary and middle school students. The report notes there is already a shortage of affordable child care options in the borough, and the newcomers will bring about 800 children under the age of four.

The plan shows new growth has been an economic boost to the area, with lots of new housing already under construction. “It recommends we form a housing task force, and we’ve already done that with FEDC, Fairbanks Economic Development taking the lead on that.”

In addition to housing, education and child care, consultants examined Planning and Zoning, developing the civilian workforce, Public Safety, Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure, Health and Social Services, and even Quality of Life.

Kassel says the plan involves the private sector in improving growth.
“An example of that is Foundation Health Partners are already planning a health clinic on the east side of town.”

The plan will be on the website: EAFBRegionalGrowth.com

Tanana Valley League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, Sept. 26, 2018 at FNSB Assembly Chambers. Candidates for Borough Mayor and Assembly seats A, F and G.

The League of Women Voters of the Tanana Valley is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to encourage active and informed citizen participation in government. It provides factual information on the structure and function of government, voting procedures and election issues. It does not support or oppose candidates or political parties, but does take positions on issues which members have studied and discussed. It's purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government.

Love Takes Its Toll

Sep 27, 2018
Sarah Mitchell

This summer was a hard one for me and others who knew the talented musician, actor, and producer Sarah Mitchell. Sarah took her life with a gun in August. Sarah was the daughter of local performers Gianna Drogheo and Steve Mitchell and I knew her since she was a girl. Audiences visiting or living in Fairbanks knew her from her engaging summer performances at the Palace Theater and Saloon.  But Sarah was also a passionate champion of other artists. The best example of this is her project to create a CD of Jim Bell’s music. I spoke with Sarah just before the CD’s release. I replay it in tribute to her generous spirit.

Also on the show, “First Friday” events in Fairbanks are usually festive affairs where new work of painters, printers, writers and sculptors is unveiled in gallery openings. But in October, two first-Friday events have a more somber theme: gun safety. First, Well Street Art Company will display several banners with the portraits of scores of Alaskans wearing targets. Local photographer Kate Wool found herself called to respond with her images in the wake of repeated reports of mass shootings in schools and other public venues. The result was the “I am not a target” project. Her work came to the attention of the national For Freedoms organization, which seeks to stimulate social discussion through artistic expression. They selected Wool’s work for support.

And Chris Lott looks at the troubling language of suicide on Katexic Clippings. Listen to the show here.

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